The Coloniality of Nature: An Approach to Latin American Political Ecology

The Coloniality of Nature: An Approach to Latin American Political Ecology

By Héctor Alimonda

A translation of ‘The Coloniality of Nature’ from the book La Naturaleza Colonizada. This piece is an examination of a particularly Latin American perspective on political ecology. In a quest for a sense Latin American identity and heritage, it looks at how the continent has been shaped since the Spanish conquest through environmental factors. It argues that human societies have been just as shaped by the traumatic destruction rendered to nature, as the environment has been shaped by said societies.

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Environmental Rationality: The Social Re-Appropriation of Nature

Environmental Rationality: The Social Re-Appropriation of Nature

BY ENRIQUE LEFF

The environmental crisis emerges like a civilizational crisis: a crisis of Western culture; of modern rationality; of the globalized world-economy. It is neither an ecological catastrophe, nor a simple imbalance in the economy. It is the dislocation of the world which results from the reification of being and the overexploitation of nature; it is the loss of existential meaning that comes from rationalistic thought in its negation of otherness.

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